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• In June the courts of Stockholm and proper business, by attending the stage, Capenhagen sent out a combined fleet of would be a painful, disagreeable task. fixteen men of war and frigates, in equal The presbytery, in the year 1727, when numbers from both nations. The de. consisting of many pious, prudent, and clared intention of them was, to protect learned ministers, whose praise is in all the commerce of the Swedes and Danes the churches, being aware of these evils, during the war between G. Britain and did prepare a paper, which was read from France; and it was supposed they were the leveral pulpits within their bounds, to protect a trade with France which the warning their people against the danBritish would reckon contraband, and to gerous infection of the theatre then ejoin the French if attacked or molested rected here. on that account. Very soon they return. In the year 1737, the legislature, in ed to the respective ports of their several their great wisdom, did, by an act of the nations. Letters from Stockholm and roth of George II. enact and declare, Copenhagen advised, that this happened “ That every person who should, for hire in consequence of information received, or reward, act, or cause to be acted, any that France had concluded an alliance play, or other entertainment of the stage, with the court of Vienna, and was far without the special licence and authori. advanced in forming one with Russia. ty mentioned in the said act, should be [To be continued.]

deemed a rogue and a vagabond ; and

for such offence should forfeit the Admonition and Exhortation by the Rev. Presbytery of Edinburgh to all within

sum of gol. Sterling." their bounds. Dated, Edinburgh, Jan. to obtain a licensed theatre in this city;

At that time a project was set on foot 5. 1757. [47.]

but the masters and professors of the uni. THE presbytery taking into their fe- versity, supported by the magiftrates,

rious consideration, the declining having prepared a petition, setting forth ftate of religion, the open profanation the dangerous tendency of a playhouse of the Lord's day, the contempt of pu. here, with respect to the important in. blic worship, the growing luxury and le- terests of virtue and learning, the project vity of the present age; in which so ma- was laid aside. ny seem lovers of pleasure, more than The players, however, being so au. lovers of God: and being particularly dacious as to continue to act in defiance affe&ted with the unprecedented countenance of the law, the presbytery did, at their given of late to the playhouse in this own charge, prosecute them before the place, when the state of the nation, and court of Teffion; and prevailed in the the circumstances of the poor, make such process. The players were fined in hurtful entertainments still more perni- terms of law; and warrants being issued cious; judged it their indispensable duty for apprehending them, they fled from to express, in the most open and solemn justice. But others came in their place ; manner, the deep concern they feel on who since that time have attempted to this occasion.

elude the law, by changing the name of The opinion which the Christian the playhouse into that of the concert- hall. church has always entertained of stage As such a slight evasion, the mere plays and players, as prejudicial to the change of a name, could not make the interests of religion and morality, is well smallest variation in the nature of the known; and the fatal influence which thing, the presbytery continued to do all they commonly have on the far greater in their power, and in their sphere, to part of mankind, particularly the young- prevent the growing evil; and think er sort, is too obvious to be called in themselves at this time loudly called upquestion.

on, in one body, and with one voice, to To enumerate how many servants, expoftulate, in the bowels of love and apprentices, and students in different compassion, with all under their care branches of literature, in this city and and inspection. fuburbs, have been seduced from their

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When our gracious fovereign, atten. be misled into fuch pernicious fnares ; tive to the voice of Providence, is cal, snares which must necessarily retard, if ling from the throne to humiliation and not entirely mar that progress in the re, prayer [xviii. 619.], how unseemly is it spective parts of their education, on which for his subjects to give themselves up to their future usefulness and success depend. mirth and jollity? When the war in And, lastly, they would intreat and obe which we are engaged, and many awful test persons of all ranks and conditions, tokens of the divine difpleature, bespeak that, instead of contributing to the growa us, in the language of an inspired writer, ing licentiousness of the age, they may to redeem the time because the days are evil, distinguish themselves by shining as lights should that time be squandered away in in the world, being blameless and harmrunning the constant round of foolish, less, the sons of God, without rebuke, not to say finful amusements ? When the in the midst of a crooked and perverse wants and cries of the numerous poor re- nation; occupying, for the great purquire extraordinary supplies, how unac. poses of the honour of God and the good countable is it to lavish away vast sums of mankind, that time, that substance, for such vain and idle purposes ? When and those other talents which they have the wisdom of the nation has guarded received from their Lord and Master. the inhabitants of this city and suburbs On the whole, The prefbytery do, in from the infection of the itage, by a plain the most earnest manner, call upon all and express statute; is it not a high in. who have the interest of religion at ftance of folly, to break down that bar. heart, to plead fervently at the throne rier, and open a door with their own grace, in the prevailing name of the hands for theatrical representations ? great Mediator, until the spirit be poured which are in many respects no less in- upon us from on high, and the wilderness consistent with good policy, than un. be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field friendly to religion; and will be found, be counted for a forest : then judgment shall sooner or later, to affect their temporal dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness as well as spiritual interests.

remain in the fruitful field ; and the work On these accounts, and for many o. of righteousness foall be peace, and the efther obvious and weighty considerations, fe&t of righteousness, quietness and asurance the presbytery, warmed with just con- for ever. cern for the good of souls, do, in the The presbytery appoint this Admonition fear of God, warn, exhort, and obtest, and Exhortation to be read from all the all within their bounds, as they regard pulpits within their bounds, on the last the glory of God, the credit of our holy Sabbath, being the thirtieth day of this religion, and their own welfare, to walk month, immediately after divine service worthy of the vocation wherewith they before noon. are called, by shewing a sacred regard to the Lord's day, and all the ordi. OD. E for the NEW YEAR, 1757. nances of divine institution; and by dis.

By COLLEY CI BBER, Esq; Poet-Laureat. couraging, in their respective spheres,

RECITATIVE and AIR. the illegal and dangerous entertainments of the stage.

Hile Britain, in her monarch bless’d, W

Enjoys her heart's defire; The presbytery would plead with all Proud to avow that joy confessid, in authority, with teachers of youth, pa

Thus to her Lord the strikes her lyre. rents, and masters of families, to restrain,

Rude and rural though our lays, by every habile method, such as are un

While with hearts sincere we fing, der their influence, from frequenting these

Far greater glory gilds our praise seminaries of folly and vice. They Than e'er adornd the brightest king. would particulary beseech the younger

RECITATIVE and AIR.

As nature loves to lend the earth part of their flock, to beware, left, by

Suns and showers to aid her birth, example, or from a foolish desire of ap

So duteous subjects to their king pearing in the fashionable world, they Annual loans of crea.cre bring.

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AIR

A I R.

The lofty pageant, courtly muse, explain, With willing wings exchang'd those treasures fly, And paint the virtues of the splendid train. While royal riches public wants supply: Where horrid rocks nod o'er a dreadful waste, Well the mutual virtues suit,

Chatsworih! fair palace, seems by magic plac'd; 1 His the glory, theirs the fruit.

All useful, jult, great, clegant, refind,
RECITATIVE and AIR,

The scene a picture of the master's mind.
Not the prolific streams

Genius of Chatsworth, born to guard the throne,
That nature's thirst supply,

And on thy country's glory build thine own; Or burnilh'd gold that beams

'Tis thine, grace, order, beauty, to create,
On gorgeous luxury,

From horrors that deform the desert state.
Can brighter glory boast,

Unfully'd Legge, with English heart and mind,
Or greater good contain,

Resumes the tru he gloriously refign’d,
Than, radiant, round our coat;

Call'd to the charge by his lov'd fuv'reign's voice ;
Breaks forth from Cæsar's reign. And public credit brightens at the choice,
AIR

To point our naval thunders at the foe,
Had the lyrist of old

Spring heroes from th’Elyfan fields of Stow:
Had our Cæsar to sing,

Good Gilbert's dauntless brother, warlike Weft,
More rapid his raptures had rolid, Rcaps laurel crowns enough for all the rest.
But never had Greece such a king.

What rich rewards shall British valour nurse, Chor. No- never had Greece such a king Now two-fac'd fanus holds the foldier's purse ! RECITATIVE and AIR.

oid face, look back, thro' palt inglorious years, While Britons form themselves the law And for small merit pay the cheap arrears. That keeps impiety in awe,

Smug face look forward, bid the troops be gay, Nor prince, or people c'er contest,

And ready, as their courage, make their pay. Unless to make thee great or bless d.

See threefold Geryon on the Ch-w'ry leat, AIR

Display three rev'rend fronts with brains replete.
Thus poliefing

Six elbows sure the cushion will oe'rload!
Ev'ry blesling

And how can fix fuch hands be well bestow'd?
Happy subjects can desire,

Why one may hold the sword, and one the scales; Where's the nation

One point where right, and one where fraud preWhofe high station

One may forbid young orators to ramble, (vails; Can to nobler fame aspire

And one be wav'd, applauding glib H-O-11. RECITATIVE.

But how 'twould make the frighted lawyers stare, Though Rome of old,

Should any two be stretch'd t'ward heav'n in As bards have told,

The wily broker hopes in vain to see [pray’rk For wielding well his iron rod,

One backward-bending finger hook a fee.
Advanc'd Augustus to a God;

Nor buys he Lady Geryon's good graces,
AI R.

By splitting perquifites, or quart'ring places.
Behold a title yet

Whene'er the lithe of time, or royal sway,
More Christianly complete,

Shall lop two noddles from his trunk away;
Of more sublime degree;

If Justice be not deat, as well as blind,
By glorious truth approvid,

Doubtless the west * will be left behind.
The monarch best belov’d,

Hark, Britons ! Tully speaks! what force! what Distinguishes, Great GEORGE AUGUSTUsłthee. Conviction beams delight in ev'ry face.. [grace! Chor. The monarch best belov'd,

But hell-born Hydra taints the public bliss; Distinguishes, Great GEORGE AUGUSTUS! thee. Her hundred serpent-heads invenom'd hiss. TRIO.

Haste ! sword and target bring from Vulcan’s forgeg What happier days could Heaven ordain, Bring spear and helmet< arm him like St George. Than long t'have livd in such a reign? Forbear, he cries with fhadows guilt's alarm den There have we found the highest gracc, The just inflexibly resolv’d, is aim'd.

While Cæsar's reign proclaims his race. Now for rich sops gape all her serpent jaws,
Chor. What happier days, &c.

Nor higher than his pockets dart her claws.
GRAND

He treads her bloated paunch; an odious tide
Late may he pass to heav'n refign'd,

Of black pollution bursts her spotted lide. And long below rejoice mankind.

The senate fickens at th'infectious {mell,

The fiend drags back her crawling snakes to beli, The MACHINE. A poem for the year 1757. And leaves in filth besmear’d, election-scrolls

, Jam nova progenies, &c.

Purses, bank-notes, and copies of court-rolis. TOW the new progeny from heaven descends,

* The author wrote a different initial letter here;

whether Britons, you've oft at Covent-garden seen [mends.

y or e, or what other letter, gentle reader, Glide from the starry roof a bright machine;

guess, and with thy pen correct the text at thy pleaAnd now in very di ed you may behold,

Jure. The printer judiciously changed it for w; New ministers blaze out in English gold.

which confines thee to read the word either wiset What joys! what triumphs the wife leaders plot! change in she genuine sense of the prophecy."

or worthieft; neither of wbich words makes the least Well worth their skill t'unravel is the knot.

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Some account of Angria the pirate, and the had been twice defeated; the crew of taking of Geriah by Commodore Watson. number, were sent as recruits to his ar

this veffel therefore, being fixteen in To

"ULAGEE Angria is a petty prince my, which was chen incamped near Su

of India or Indoftan, a vast ex- rat, escorted by an officer and 100 men. tent of country in Asia, subject to the This party, on the third day of their Great Mogul; who governs it by vice- march, fell in with an advanced

party

of roys, called Nabobs, Chans, and Rajas; the Mogul's troops, consisting of 500 who act as absolute sovereigns over their men. The officer, seized with a fuda several provinces, to which they succeed den panic, immediately deserted his comby hereditary right, and acknowledge mand; and the whole company would the Mogul as supreme lord only by an have been taken prisoners, if Angria had annual tribute. These princes have fre- not, with a courage and audacity that quently made war on each other, with- often on sudden emergencies is implicitout periniffion from the Mogul, and have ly obeyed, put himself at their head, and often refused to pay him their tribute. by taking advantage of some loaded carAt this time they affect independence riages, which served as barricades awith impunity; as the Mogul was a few gainst the first onset, and improving the years since divested of almost all his situation of some neighbouring defiles power by Kouli Kan [ii. 428.); and in and the approach of night, not only dethe year 1754 was deposed by the Mo. fended his party, but iftuing unexpectedrattes; a people who inhabit a large in- ly upon their rear the next mornings land tract of his dominions, and whose from a defile through which he had fipower has always made them insolent lently marched in the night, totally deand rebellious [xvii. 203. 607.). Tu- feated, and, except about thirty-fix, cut lagee Angria's dominion consists of fe- them all to pieces. He then heaped the veral islands near Bombay, and an ex. fpoils upon the carriages which had fertent of land along the neighbouring con- ved him for a bulwark, and proceeded tinent of above 120 miles in length, and in his rout. 60 in breadth, with severa! forts that The Raja received the first account of were taken by his ancestors from Euro- this atchievement from Angria's own pean settlers. As many particulars con- mouth; and, as a reward for his brave. cerning these ancestors, and the manner ry and conduct, immediately promoted how their territory was acquired, as him to a considerable command in his books or intelligence could furnish, will army. Angria soon after fignalized himbe found in the following narrative. self in a general engagement with the

About the year 1643, an Arabian Mogul's forces, over which he gained a vessel was by stress of weather driven complete victory. He was advanced to down the coast of Concan to the fouth be commander in chief; and soon after of Boinbay, as far as Choul, and forced married the daughter of the Raja's firft ashore in the dominions of a tributary to minister ; by whom he had a son, named the Grand Mogul, called the South Ra- Purah Angria; who at the age of twenty ja. The people on board got on shore ; years had obtained, by his

father's inbut the crew, as soon as they had esca- tereft, a very considerable military comped shipwreck, accused the master of mand. great cruelty and injustice; and the offi. About two years afterward the South cers of the Kaja, upon this accusation, Raja died; and his succeilor refusing to put him to death, and seized the veñel. pay the tribute demanded by the Mo

The principal man anong this crew gul, the Mogul ordered the Nabob of was one Sambo Angria, by extraction a Surat to invade his dominions. The Caffree, born in an island in the gulf of Raja, whether he had taken any disOrmus, and by religion a Mahometan. pleasure against Angria, or whether he It happened that at this time the South thought him too young for a command Raja was at war with the Mogul, and that required, not only courage, but exVOL. XIX,

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perience, gave the post which Angria bob with so much advantage, that being expected in this expedition, to another. joined by Angria with 1500 foot and

Angria was so much offended at this 300 horse, he obtained a complete vicdisappointment, that he took an oppor- tory, killing near 6000 on the spot, and tunity to quit the Raja's dominions, and plundering the city of Surat. offer his service to the Nabob that was This war was soon followed by a marching against him. The Nabob ac- peace, greatly to the advantage of the cepted the offer, and gave him a con- Raja ; who gave Angria his sister in siderable command. The Nabob was marriage; by whom he had two fons, victorious; and Angria, urged by his Purah Angria, and Connagee Angria. resentment and his pride, to shew that he Angria the father died in the infancy was not unworthy the command which of thele children ; who were educated by the Raja had refused, and that he was the Raja their uncle with great kindness. able to punish whoever should offend Purah died a boy; and when Connagee him, performed many feats of desperate was twenty years old, the Raja gave bravery, and took the officer prisoner him the island of Kenerey, being a rock who had been appointed in his stead. of about a mile and a half in circumAngria exulted in this instance of suc- ference, as a petty sovereignty, placing cess with a favage and malicious joy ; several officers of state about him, and and commanding that his captive should giving him also a number of vessels callbe brought before him, in the presence of ed galleywats, about the size of our the Nabob, he drew his sword, and, af. Gravesend tilt-boat, carrying fix swivelter insulting him with many opprobrious guns and fixty men. terms on his change of fortune, he turn With this territory and this fileet Coned to the Nabob, and told him, he should nagee Angria commenced pirate. Ke. now see him sacrifice to his revenge a nerey lies jult in the mouth of Bombay man to whom he owed his first disgrace. harbour, so that no vessel could pafs He then advanced furiously to the victim, without coming into Angria's reach; in order to strike off his head. But the and the rock, besides its natural advanNabob commanded his guards to inter« tages, was fortified by an impregnable pose. He told him, that he would ad. fort. After several years of successful mit no prisoner of any man who had rapine, in which he was abetted by the fought under his banners to be murdered Raja and his successor, he obtained not in cold blood. Angria knew that it only a more confiderable naval force, would be in vain to contend, and there. but an army of the Raja' people, with fore sullenly put up his sword: but from 16,000 auxiliary Morattes, with which that moment he conceived fo violent a he conquered the coast as far as Dabul, hatred against the Nabob, that he was and took Geriah, where the Portuguese perpetually contriving his ruin. had built a strong fort; which he gar

While his mind was in this state, some risoned, and improved, so as to render it emissaries of the Raja whom he had de- one of the most formidable places in all ferted, made him offers of great advan- India. tage if he would return. These offers By a perpetual acquisition of new terhe secretly accepted; but would not ritory and new treasure, Angria obtain. withdraw, that he might improve the ed the power and state of a sovereign first opportunity that should offer of be- prince; and in the year 1712 he had traying the Nabob to his enemies.

20,000 men constantly in his pay; he In consequence of this resolution, he fent out his generals to fight his battles, foon after advised the Raja to advance and gave audience to ambassadors from against the Nabob with his whole army, the neighbouring states. promising to join him as soon as the He now began to meditate the con. troops should engage. The Raja con- queit of some parts of the dominions of fiding in Angria, and minutely follow. his friend the South Raja; and having ing his inCructions, came upon the Na- obtained powder and ball from the Por

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